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The Australian aid program has provided eight vehicles to the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary to better equip Family and Sexual Violence Units and desks across the nation to support survivors of violence and respond to crime.
The President of the Australian Senate, Senator Stephen Parry and Australian High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea Ms Deborah Stokes presented the vehicles in a ceremony at the Boroko Police Station.
The eight vehicles will help support Units and desks in Gulf, Hela, Madang, Manus, Morobe, the National Capital District, Southern Highlands and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.
Since 2009 Australia has been supporting the establishment of Family and Sexual Violence Units and desks at 14 police stations around the country and is currently building or planning four new Units in Kerema, Manus, Mendi and Tari which will each receive a new vehicle. In addition to resources, Australia’s assistance includes ongoing specialized training for police officers investigating family and sexual violence crimes.
The Australian Government provide PGK1.2million to fund the purchase of the vehicles as part of its commitment to strengthening law and justice in Papua New Guinea and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville through the PNG-Australia Law and Justice Partnership-Transition Program.
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